Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3413 “When my son was a junior, we visited a college during his spring break. Three weeks before our visit, I contacted the admissions office. They arranged for us to meet with an admissions counselor at 9:00, take a walking tour at 10:00, and meet with a scholarship advisor at 1:00. Then at 3:00, we had a meeting with the coordinator of the pre- engineering programs.” “In between these appointments, we ate in the student union, looked at a dorm, talked to students, and watched part of a baseball game. By the time we left, we felt like we had a good idea of what this college had to offer. On the way home, we talked about what we had heard and seen, and we made notes on the college’s positive and negative aspects.” Cheri Patton, Parent Make College Visits Making a college visit is the best way to find out if a college is going to be right for your child. To set up a college visit, contact the admissions office and let them know when you would like to visit. The admissions office can then set up appointments and arrange for a campus tour. Many colleges have visitation days and open houses. Designed specifically for high school students and their parents, these programs generally include tours and information sessions on a variety of topics (financial aid, admissions, honors programs, etc.). The following tips will help ensure that you and your child get the most out of your college visit. u Prepare for your visit by learning as much as you can about the college. The best way to do this is to go through the college’s website. u During your visit, meet with an admissions counselor, and if possible, at- tend a group information session. Have questions ready and take notes. Visiting a college and talking with an admissions officer shows that you and your child are making a real effort to learn about the college. Demonstrated interest can be a factor in the admission decision. u Take a tour, noting the cleanliness and atmosphere of the campus. Check out the library, computer labs, dorms, and recreation facilities. As you tour the campus, try to imagine your child as a student there.